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dj1
Re: The Low Bid Home Remodel Tale

Spruce is right, a competent general contractor is all you need, to have a smooth experience.

Architects are good at what they DO. Well, not all of them, but you know what I mean. Very few of them can make good GCs.

Once I had an architect who designed a curved stairwell resting on a steel beam in a house I was building. Theoretically it was brilliant (because it looked like it was suspended in the air), but practically almost impossible to make. We finally visited another house being built with a similar stairwell, and completed the job.

Rekonn
Re: The Low Bid Home Remodel Tale

Interesting, good to know! I'm still in the research phase, and this is pretty new to me. This article made it sound like architects should be used for a lot more than just design and consulting.

bobvila.com/articles/401-working-with-your-architect/pages/1
(my post count not high enough for links)

I think I got confused between common remodel/update, and major project, as both seem like major projects to me currently.

A. Spruce
Re: The Low Bid Home Remodel Tale
Rekonn wrote:

I think I got confused between common remodel/update, and major project, as both seem like major projects to me currently.

You need to do whatever makes you comfortable. Realistically, an architect is a designer, not a builder, so while their eye may be helpful to design the space, and maybe consult during some of the construction phase, you really don't need them for the whole project. A good general will be able to provide you with far better control and support, since they are the ones actually doing the work.

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